The Iconic Schnabel: Worlds Longest Freight Car
The Schnabel is a 231 foot long, 400-ton, 36-axle behemoth that is 18 feet above the rails and has a load limit of 1000 tons!
Originally manufactured by Krupp in Germany, it is designed to carry heavy and oversized loads. The design of the car uses two lifting arms that can suspend the load and distribute the weight over 9 trucks of wheels.
The load itself is designed to become part of the car. The load is suspended between two ends of the cars by the lifting arms. In this clip, the engineer really has to take it slow around this curve so that there is no mishap. It gives a good view of a heavy tank load suspended between the two lifting arms.
This model is the Schnabel CEBX 800.
- Rail Line: BNSF
- Flat Car: Schnable 800
- Builder: Krupp, Germany
- Train type: Freight
- length: 231 feet
- Height: 18 feet from top of the rail
- Weight capacity: 1000 tons
Please let us know if you have ever seen one of these cars in action or have any comments. We love to hear from our community!